This conference will take up the variety of reading practices at play in the Middle Ages as the cornerstone to an exploration of medieval culture. However, proposals are encouraged to push our modern conceptions of reading into new territory, finding medieval reading practiced in ways we would not expect, challenging the way in which we read now, and asking questions of our relationship to medieval texts. Above all, we invite papers from a wide range of disciplines, especially ones that do not limit themselves to a treatment of literary or textual reading, but instead reach beyond the scope of the manuscript page to archeology and the reading of time through physical remains, art and the reading of images, et cetera.
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus for what promises to be an exciting and intellectually stimulating weekend.
Please send 300-word abstracts for twenty-minute papers to Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, 12 November 2010